Running since March 2016 Tony winner Jessie Mueller stars in a new musical based on the 2007 motion picture that celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf.
From the producers: Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town's handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness - but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.
"Waitress" had its sold-out world-premiere production at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new musical has music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.
Casting Note: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will make his Broadway debut in the role of Dr. Pomatter beginning 11/3 for a 10 week engagement.
Tony Winner Jessie Mueller played her final performance in the role of Jenna on 3/26 and composer-lyricist Sara Bareilles played her final performance in the same role on 6/11. Beginning 6/13, the role was assumed by Broadway favorite Betsy Wolfe ("Falsettos," "Bullets Over Broadway").
Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus ("Pippin"), the cast is led by Betsy Wolfe, taking over the role originated by Tony Winner Jessie Mueller.
[A] sweet slice of a show that shines with the help of Mueller...filled with sweet, quirky touches. Bareilles has crafted an upbeat, tuneful score. "Waitress" is warm and endearing, but it yearns to go somewhere it can't quite get to. Luckily, the sweetest moments are filling enough.
Terrific songs...intimate, understated direction...and a powerhouse performance by Mueller. Bareilles proves adept at writing for different characters and styles. [The] script sometimes drifts toward icky sweetness but always seems to quickly cut it with a dash of vinegar.
October 13, 2017
Thin story line. Earl portrayed as offensive stereotype of Southern male. Terrific music and very good performances. But, singing, especially of Ms. Wolfe, loud and sharp to the point of unintelligibility. Because band on the stage causes performers to sing too loud? Because mikes not adjusted properly? Ms. Wolfe has very strong voice and probably didn't need mike. Detracted greatly from enjoyment of show.
July 10, 2017
One of the best shows I have seen in a while I was very impressed.